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WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.
By Xiaoyi Shao and Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - China ought to loosen monetary policy further through "modest" cuts in bank lending rates and reserve requirements by next year to spur economic growth, a researcher at a government think-tank said. Chen Dongqi, deputy chief at the Academy of Macroeconomics Research - which is affiliated to China's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission - said the Chinese economy is losing momentum as domestic demand softens. Although China is on track to meet this year's economic growth target of 7.5 percent, Chen said surprisingly weak loans in July, when the amount of money flowing into the economy hit a six-year low, were not to be shrugged off. The shrinking amount of cash flowing into the economy will harm economic growth," Chen told Reuters in an interview.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed — a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.
By Clare Baldwin HONG KONG (Reuters) - The president of Hong Kong's Law Society resigned on Tuesday after a no-confidence vote exposed a growing determination by traditionally conservative lawyers to challenge perceived threats by Beijing to the business hub's judicial independence. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, to protest against what they see as interference by Beijing in the affairs of the city, which returned to China in 1997 under a 'one country, two systems' style of rule. Law Society President Ambrose Lam angered many of the society's 8,000 members by voicing support for controversial statements from Beijing that Hong Kong judges needed to be patriotic, and for praise for the Communist Party of China.
Indonesian police said on Tuesday they have tested a U.S. No charges have been brought in connection with the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose body was found in the bloodied case outside the luxury St. Regis hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, last week. Her daughter, Heather Mack, 19, and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Wednesday and detained as suspects. Bali police spokesman Hery Wiyanto told Reuters Mack had told them she was pregnant, but police were not able to confirm this.
Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. "The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation," the FAA said in a statement. Airlines have been paying close attention to flight paths over conflict zones since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile last month while flying over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia separatists are fighting Ukrainian troops.
Heinz said on Monday it had recalled four batches of a cereal product for infants after regulators in eastern China said they had found lead that exceeded regulation levels in its AD Calcium Hi-Protein Cereal. Infant products are particularly vulnerable to food safety scares in China after powdered milk tainted with the industrial chemical melamine led to the deaths of at least six infants in 2008.
The Iraqi Islamic State militant group has threatened to "drown" Americans in blood. In a video message, the Sunni insurgents vowed to launch attacks on US interests "in any place" if Washington presses ahead with its airstrikes in Iraq, according to a Reuters report. The video also showed a photograph of an American national who was beheaded by Islamists during the Iraq war. The message has come when US President Barack Obama hailed the American intervention in the latest conflict in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government announced plans on Tuesday to release scores of children from immigration detention centres, following criticism from human rights advocates that detaining minors is detrimental to their mental and physical health. It will grant freedom to around 150 of the 876 children currently held in detention centres on the Australian mainland and on remote islands. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said children and their families in centres on the mainland who arrived before the introduction of tough new laws in mid-2013 would be released into the community on bridging visas by the end of the year while their applications for asylum are processed. Minors being held in offshore detention centres and those born in Australia to asylum seekers since a cut-off date of July 19 would be excluded.